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Mark Steyn

The Stupidity of Sophisticates

Last week, I swung by the Bill Bennett show to chew over the news of the hour. A few minutes before my grand entrance, one of Bill's listeners had taken issue with the idea that these Supreme Court decisions weren't the end and, if you just got on with your life and tended to your garden, things wouldn't be so bad: Claudine came on and said that's what Germans reckoned in the 1930s: just keep your head down and the storm will pass. How'd that work out? David Kelsey writes from the University of ...

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Steyn on America

Insufficiently Independent to Hold an Independence Day Parade

So, no, since you ask, I didn't have that Glorious a Fourth. I almost wrote about it yesterday, but was too sad to find the appropriate tone. I'm still very sad, so if you want to cut to the chase and get on with your day, the takeaway is America might as well hang a sign on its door saying, "Final Three Days! Everything Must Go!!! Ultimate Storewide Blowout!!!!!" As readers may know, the Steyn worldwide corporate headquarters is located in Woodsville, which is part of the township of ...

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Seasons of Steyn

The Spirit of Independence

To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day! We have a song for the season. Meanwhile, here's a Glorious Fourth column from 16 Fourths ago in The Daily Telegraph, in which features of life that have become far more oppressive of late were nevertheless already present, even in my beloved New Hampshire, even on the national holiday: On Thursday I was in the Province of Quebec for Canada Day. Going to Quebec for Canada Day is a bit like going to Baghdad for the Fourth of July, but I try ...

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Where the Libyan Buck Stops

Mark and Hugh chew over foreign affairs

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Steyn on Culture

Going with the Flow

I started the day on Bill Bennett's radio show, which is always fun. Jonah Goldberg was on before me, and advanced the proposition, after the Supreme Court's almighty constitutional bender, that it wasn't so bad; conservatives who just pottered around in their own world and tended to their families could still lead lives largely unbattered by the forces of "progress". A few minutes later...

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On the Air

Stories about Something

Mark and Bill Bennett talk ISIS and the Supreme Court

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Luck Be A Lady

ImageFrank Loesser was a busy Hollywood lyricist who decided he was going to turn himself into a Hollywood lyricist-and-composer. Having pulled that off, he then decided to become one of Broadway's great musical dramatists to boot. His first stage musical, an adaptation of Charley's Aunt, opened in 1948, with a great score and a legendary showstopper of a song in "Once In Love With Amy". On our double-CD Frank Loesser centenary celebration (exclusively available from SteynOnline), you can hear me...

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Mark at the Movies

Apollo 13

For whatever reason, it feels a fairly muted Independence Day this Fourth of July. So I thought for our Saturday movie date a tale of American daring and ingenuity triumphing against the odds. This was the big holiday movie a score of Fourths ago, a Ron Howard blockbuster that's essentially an adaptation of a famous line: "Houston, we have a problem" - from 1995, Apollo 13: Millions of people across the planet can dimly recall watching the progress of NASA's ill-fated 1970 moonshot on TV — or, ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The House I Live In

ImageWe had a Sinatra song from Canada for Dominion Day, and so we surely have to have an American Sinatra song for Independence Day. Frank sang all the familiar patriotic songs at some point or other over the years but without, it seems to me, really connecting with them: His versions of "America The Beautiful", for example, are perfectly fine, but without finding a way, as he does with his best recordings, to take the material to the next level...

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Steyn on Canada and the Commonwealth

Happy Dominion Day!

To all my fellow sons and daughters of the Great White North, a happy and glorious Dominion Day to you. There are many things I love about my native land. It doesn't have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so its housing market was not clobbered by subprime mumbo-jumbo. Its foreign policy in recent years has been sober and serious, as Israel and others appreciate. Beyond that, its political class seems less weird, or at any rate less expensive to maintain...

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